easyJet, the UK’s largest airline is extending the rollout of its new and successful ‘Fearless Flyer’ courses to eight locations across the UK to help hundreds of people conquer their phobia of flying.
Many suffer from a fear of flying with the level of apprehension and anxiety experienced varying from nervous flyers who find it difficult to relax onboard, to those who can no longer fly due to their fear, or others who have never flown at all. easyJet has teamed up with FOF Events, headed by industry experts, to offer the ‘Fearless Flyer’ course to enable fearful participants to board an aircraft confidently and begin their transformation from nervous passengers to fearless flyers. The courses will now be rolled out at five further easyJet bases in addition to the current three running at Bristol, Glasgow and London Luton Airport. The new courses will be running at London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London Stansted Airport with 1,000 participants expected to attend the three-hour long course followed by a dedicated easyJet Fearless Flyer flight.
The two-part programme includes a highly informative and entertaining ground course hosted by top phobia expert Lawrence Leyton, from Channel 4’s “Fear of Flying”. In addition to Lawrence, a senior easyJet pilot is on hand to explain how an aircraft flies and to answer questions, dispel any myths and misconceptions about flying and reassure nervous passengers onboard.
Part two of the course is the next day where participants put theory into practice on a one hour “Experience Flight” on one of easyJet’s state-of-the-art aircraft. The flight has a dedicated crew with the added benefit of an additional captain in the cabin giving a full commentary for the entire journey.
With over 95% of course participants taking to the skies, there is no doubt that this formula and its results can be life-changing. In many cases it enables people to go on long awaited family holidays overseas, visit distant relatives or go on business trips for the first time.
Peter Duffy, easyJet’s Customer Director commented:
“We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with Lawrence and the team for a further series of Fearless Flyer courses. The techniques and advice the participants receive genuinely works for all levels of nervousness. From those who are extreme phobics and petrified of setting foot on a plane to passengers who experience general anxiety or need reassurance about the mechanics of flying. We know that the courses make a real difference and enables passengers to overcome their phobia.”
Mark Wein, Director of FOF Events commented:
“We’re delighted to be working with easyJet on the Fearless Flyer project. As a former phobic myself, I appreciate more than most how debilitating a fear of flying can be and the anxiety that it can cause. That’s why we’ve designed the course in such a way to ensure that the process to becoming a fearless flyer is totally stress free and also highly entertaining.”